On Friday June 28th, the very first new dry cargo vessels, the next-generation Lake Vanern Max, was launched at Scheepswerf Ferus Smit BV in Westerbroek, Netherlands. The vessel was named Lidan, and the naming ceremony was performed by Godmother Benita Skisser accompanied by representatives from the yard, MF Shipping Group and Erik Thun Group.
Miss Benita Skisser is the partner of one of the masters, Oscar Lancing, who is a captain in the second generation of officers from the same family sailing on the vessels. Erik Thun Group, a family-owned company, has always believed in the power of tradition, integrity, and forward-thinking. The Lake Vanern Max is a testament to their dedication to being both long-term and innovative. Lidan is not just another addition to their fleet; she represents a significant leap forward in maritime technology.
Equipped with a state-of-the-art hybrid propulsion system, the Lake Vanern Max uses both battery power and traditional fuel to optimize energy use and reduce emissions. The battery pack enables peak shaving and power smoothing, ensuring efficient operations and minimal environmental impact. With its shore connection capability, the vessel can operate silently and emission-free while docked, significantly improving the air quality in ports and reducing noise pollution for crew members and surroundings.
The propulsion system of the Lake Vanern Max is designed for superior performance. With a large diameter propeller operating within a nozzle, it delivers increased thrust at lower speeds, reducing power demand during challenging seaways and icebreaking operations. This advanced design allows us to reduce the installed main engine power by 18% without compromising performance, resulting in decrease in fuel usage and carbon emissions.
At Erik Thun Group, we understand that the maritime industry plays a crucial role in global trade and environmental stewardship. As we continue to innovate and lead the way in maritime solutions, we remain focused on our mission: to provide efficient, reliable, and sustainable shipping services that meet the needs of our clients and thereby we will continue to be a sustainable Swedish partner over generations.